Jawbone UP (£100)
Jawbone’s stylish fitness tracker is thin and light enough to leave on all the time, which is a useful trait for something that can measure your sleep and record your activities from walking to cycling, and everything in between. It manually transmits data to its iOS or Android app via the headphone jack, which means its battery lasts a good ten days too.
10x Kamor NFC tags (£10)
NFC is one piece of functionality no iThing can equal. And while they might not look like much, these waterproof NFC tags can open the door to a magical world of smartphone automation when used in conjunction with apps like Trigger. Scan the one on your dashboard, and boom: you’ve got Bluetooth on, GPS on and Wi-Fi off, all done automatically, thanks to a simple tap.
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Cambridge Audio Minx Go Bluetooth speaker (£100)
The Minx Go blasts out a mightier sound than its £100 price tag would suggest and serves up a massive 18 hours of Bluetooth playback with crisp sound and booming bass. It’ll even charge up your smartphone via its USB port so that it doesn’t run out of juice while you’re out and about.
Google Chromecast (US$35)
Chromecast is a portal to your Android/iOS and PC devices which simply plugs into your TV’s HDMI socket (drawing power via USB) and lets you beam Netflix, YouTube, Play Store videos and more, straight to the big screen. Slip it in your bag and enjoy your movies at whichever long-lost relative's house you happen to end up at on Christmas day.